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European Division of WFRtDS

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WFRtDS Newsletter Issue no 65, December 2013
Dec 21, 2013

WF's Newsletter, December 2013 edition is published today. Click here to read it.

Lilach's reports in Newsletter on non-compliance with advanced directive
Dec 2, 2013

Lilach's Newsletter, recently published (unfortunately in Hebrew only - see their website), the lead article from Eliahu Matza, President of Lilach and retired Justice, was translated in English: Intensive Care for Prolonging Pain reports the problems hospitals and intensive care unit doctors sometimes still have with compliance with the Law for the Terminally Ill Patient, which clearly states

New figures from survey on Americans' attitudes about end-of-life
Nov 29, 2013

Death with Dignity National Center reports on the release of data from a survey  on Americans' attitudes about end-of-life care and options. The report (Pew) can be found here. It compares the results with these of 1995 and 2005. The blog of DWDNC

Falconers' Bill on assisted dying reading in House of Lords to be expected in 2014
Nov 29, 2013

The original idea for a House of Lords reading of  Lord Falconers' Bill in October this year, got moved to (possibly)  June 2014 due to Parliamentary timetables. Actual month and date are not yet known. 

Belgian Senate proposes to quit age limits in euthanasia law
Nov 29, 2013

The Belgian Senate Commission on Justice and Social Affairs has decided to quit the age limit (now 18 year) in the 2002 Belgian Euthanasia Law. A large majority of the commission thinks the right to request euthanasia should also be given to "competent minors", who suffer

Canadian Broadcasting is airing a series on end-of-life decisions
Nov 27, 2013

Canadian Broadcasting (CBC-TV's News Network) has been airing an interesting  nationwide series on end-of-life decisions.

The series can be seen on the interactive site of CBC by clicking here.

Official launch of new Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
Nov 20, 2013

Thursday November 14, 2014, Margo MacDonald has launched her new Members Assisted Suicide (Scotland)  Bill. She hosted together with Patrick Harvie MSP the official launch in the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel. Also attending will be MSP's representing all of the political parties at Holyrood, Sylvan Luley from DIGNITAS, Switzerland,  as well as GP’s, Humanist Celebrants, lawyers and other assisted death campaigners.

Australia's New South Wales Society publishes news on their blog
Nov 20, 2013

Australia's New South Wales Society publishes news on their Blog. The link can be found here.

NVVE publishes 4th quarterly Relevant 2013
Nov 18, 2013

The last number of the 2013 edition of Relevant is published now. The Dutch version can be seen here - English summary can be downloaded here.

Lecturer in Law suggests tribunal style system for assisted dying law in UK
Nov 18, 2013

Claudia Carr, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Hertfordshire suggests the introduction of a new tribunal style system will provide the opportunity for each case to be assessed on its merits, and giving each patient the dignity to die when they choose. She said: